Nothing is just what it seems
the work of ASJA jung
May 15, 2018
Thursday, May 24th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
May 24th, - August 24th, 2018
The Gallery211 in Red Bank, NJ is thrilled to welcome local artist Asja Jung, and announce the opening of her show, Nothing is just what it seems.
Asja Jung explains, “The only important criteria I have to turn anything into art is that it must occupy my mind intensely. Sometimes my interest lies not only in the subject I’m painting or drawing, but in observing its place in art history and its value in our contemporary life style. Gothic architecture, for example, is not only a historic style of buildings but a romantic backwards notion of the 19th century; an American longing for a missing culture; a teenage dream of escaping the ‘NOW’; a dark decoration for horror stories, and so on.”
Nothing is just what it seems to be. Asja states, “I play with these layers of reality and mix them up in drawings and paintings, embracing contradictions and confusion, always in the hope of finding an undiscovered layer. At the same time, I’m simply enjoying my play with patterns, colors, and ornaments, preferably on unusual material.”
A native of Germany, Jung received a BFA at the Academy of Art in Kiel. In 2004, she moved to New York City, where she lived and worked for 12 years. She has done street murals in Cologne, Germany and her work has been shown in galleries across Europe, Manhattan and Brooklyn, including a solo exhibit at Black & White Gallery, NYC. She is currently working out of her open studio in Keyport, New Jersey, artspace 88, which she manages with fellow artist MaryAnn McKay.
Two Eleven Broad, located on the main office corridor in charming Red Bank, NJ, is an innovative adaptive reuse of a 62 year-old First Church of Christ Scientist sanctuary. The property was converted into a LEED certified professional office building and provides space for a community art gallery.